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Gordon Hawkins

Baritone

A dramatic baritone with an international reputation as a “Rigoletto specialist,” Gordon Hawkins has delighted audiences as the tragic Verdi underdog in more than 170 performances. He is now earning critical acclaim for his foray into Wagnerian repertoire: “Alberich was superbly realized by baritone Gordon Hawkins, in his [Los Angeles Opera] début. Despite wearing a grotesque puppet head and clunky boots that hobbled his movements, Hawkins delivered a sterling vocal characterization of the power-mad Nibelung. (Opera News). He has been engaged as Alberich in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at esteemed international companies including: San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla, and the BBC Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London.

 

Oct
2014

Oct-18
to
Oct-26
Nabucco
Nabucco
Opera Carolina
Charlotte, NC
Nov
2014

Nov-22
to
Dec-20
Florencia en el Amazonas
Alvaro
Los Angeles Opera
Los Angeles, CA
Feb
2015

Feb-07
Porgy and Bess
Porgy
Jacksonville Symphony
Jacksonville, FL
Apr
2015

Apr-18
to
Apr-26
Tosca
Scarpia
Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
May
2015

May-27
to
May-28
Porgy and Bess
Porgy
Bergen International Festival
Bergen, Norway
Aug
2015

Aug-08
to
Aug-22
Nabucco
Nabucco
Seattle Opera
Seattle, WA
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…impressive vocal performance…
 Il trovatore“Hawkins’ luxuriant baritone was the most impressive vocal performance of the evening.  The audience gasped with pleasure from his very first entrance; this is a voice with grab.” - Arts and Liesure
…a Rigoletto specialist…
 Rigoletto - “Hawkins is a ‘Rigoletto’ specialist. He’s played the hunchback jester — prosthesis and all — more than 170 times at opera houses from coast to coast. It would be hard to find someone more certain in the part, or more thoughtful about the frantic twists and turns.” Denver Post 
…an imposing presence throughout…
 Rigoletto - “Baritone Gordon Hawkins is an imposing presence throughout, whether playing the titular jester as a vicious, mean-spirited trickster, as in the opening scenes; or as the humiliated fool who unwittingly assists in his daughter’s kidnapping and defilement, or as the ultimate tragic figure whose triumphant vengeance is instantly transformed to utter despair at the end. When he needs to be tenderer, as in his gorgeous duets with soprano Rachele Gilmore, who plays Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, Hawkins adapts himself with ease. Hawkins clearly considers this a signature role, and it shows.” Daily Camera 
 Porgy and Bess - “Hawkins, winner of numerous awards and renowned worldwide for his bel canto roles, introduced a strong, sensitive Porgy through his smooth baritone and convincing portrayal of a man crippled in body but never in spirit.” -Green Room Reviews 
you’re in the clutches of one unforgettably sinister badass
 Tosca “Scarpia is arguably the most wretched villain in all of opera, and from the minute shaven-headed baritone Gordon Hawkins first cuts a swath onto the stage, you know you’re in the clutches of one unforgettably sinister badass. His eyes even roll ecstatically back into his head in the first act as he imagines forcing the raven-haired title character to sleep with him.” -Straight.com 
…vocal authority and power…
 Cavalleria rusticana “As the wronged husband, Alfio, versatile baritone Gordon Hawkins – who will return next season as Alberich in “Siegfried” – showcased the vocal authority and power that are rapidly making him a WNO audience favorite.” -The Washington Times 
…sterling vocal characterization…
 Das Rheingold -“Alberich was superbly realized by baritone Gordon Hawkins, in his LAO debut. Despite wearing a grotesque puppet head and clunky boots that hobbled his movements, Hawkins delivered a sterling vocal characterization of the power-mad Nibelung.” – Opera News
…stole the show …
Das Rheingold- “None of this would matter, though, without the powerful singing of the baritone Gordon Hawkins as Alberich, who nearly stole the show all evening.” -The New York Times
Composer Opera Role
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermoor Enrico
La favorite Alphonse XI
Floyd Of Mice and Men George Milton
Gershwin Porgy & Bess Porgy
Giordano Andrea Chénier Carlo Gérard
Gluck Iphigénie en Tauride Thoas
Leoncavallo Pagliacci Tonio
Mascagni Cavalleria Rusticana Alfio
Offenbach Les contes d’Hoffmann Lindorf, Coppélius, Miracle, Dappertuto
Puccini Madama Butterfly Sharpless
Tosca Scarpia
Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila High Priest of Dagon
Strauss Salome Jochanaan
Verdi Aïda Amonasro
Un ballo in maschera Renato
Don Carlo Rodrigo
Ernani Don Carlos
Luisa Miller Miller
Macbeth Title role
Rigoletto Title role
La traviata Giorgio Germont
Il trovatore Count di Luna
Simon Boccanegra Title role
Nabucco Title role
Otello Iago
Wagner Götterdämmerung Alberich
Lohengrin Friedrich der Telramund
Parsifal Amfortas
Das Rheingold Alberich
Siegfried Alberich
Tannhäuser Wolfram von Eschenbach
Composer Work  
Beethoven Ninth Symphony
Brahms Requiem
Britten War Requiem
Duruflé Requiem
Elgar The Dream of Gerontius
Fauré Requiem
Gershwin Porgy and Bess Suite
Händel Messiah
Saul
Semele
Haydn Creation
Mahler Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Symphony No. 8
Mendelssohn Elijah
Mozart Coronation Mass
Requiem
Schönberg Gurrelieder
Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony
Verdi Requiem
Gordon Hawkins is critically acclaimed throughout the world for his in-depth interpretations and lush baritone voice. A dramatic baritone with an international reputation as a “Rigoletto specialist,” Mr. Hawkins has delighted audiences as the tragic Verdi underdog in more than 170 performances. He is now earning critical acclaim for his foray into Wagnerian repertoire: “Alberich was superbly realized by baritone Gordon Hawkins, in his [Los Angeles Opera] début. Despite wearing a grotesque puppet head and clunky boots that hobbled his movements, Hawkins delivered a sterling vocal characterization of the power-mad Nibelung. (Opera News). He has been engaged as Alberich in Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at esteemed international companies including: San Francisco Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Teatro de la Maestranza de Sevilla, and the BBC Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London.

This season, he will perform the title role in Nabucco with Seattle Opera and Opera Carolina, sing Alvaro in Daniel Catán’s contemporary Spanish-language opera Florencia en el Amazonas at Los Angeles Opera, appear as Scarpia in Tosca at Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and reprise the role of Porgy in Porgy and Bess for Jacksonville Symphony and Festspillene i Bergen in Norway.  Future seasons also include returns to Vancouver Opera and Washington National Opera.

Mr. Hawkins’ career is shaped by performances of opera’s most popular baritone roles at leading companies around the world.  Recent career highlights include Rigoletto with such companies as Washington National Opera, Arizona Opera, and Opera Colorado; Thoas in Iphigénie en Tauride at The Metropolitan Opera; Alfio in Cavalleria Rusticana with the Washington National Opera; Telramund in Lohengrin at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Caspar in Der Freischütz at Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville; Amonasro in Aïda with Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, and The Atlanta Symphony;Tonio in Pagliacci at Seattle Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Manitoba Opera, and Atlanta Opera; Scarpia in Tosca at Vancouver Opera and Arizona Opera; Renato in Un ballo in maschera with Opéra de Montréal and New Orleans Opera; the title role in Verdi’s Macbeth and Count di Luna in Il trovatore with Seattle Opera; and the Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann at New National Theatre Tokyo.

One of his signature roles, Porgy in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess has brought him to the most esteemed companies in the US including most recently; the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Dallas Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Colorado Symphony, and San Francisco Symphony.

In concert, Mr. Hawkins’ recently sang a Gala Concert for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg in Washington DC.  Additional engagements include Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony with The Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center; the world première of Jake Heggie’s A Great Hope Fell with the Eos Orchestra of New York; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with The Atlanta Symphony and St. Louis Symphony; concert selections from American musicals with Welle WDR 4 in Cologne, Germany; and additional repertoire with the Chicago Symphony, National Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, The Cincinnati Orchestra, National Theatre Orchestra of Prague, and Vienna Symphony.

Mr. Hawkins has been heard on the Live BBC Radio broadcast as Alberich in Götterdämmerung with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, and Live from the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts earlier in his career as Marcello in La bohème with Plácido Domingo and Mirella Freni, and Silvano in Un ballo in maschera with Luciano Pavarotti and Aprile Millo. He can be heard as George Milton on the first recording of Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men with the Houston Grand Opera on Albany Records, and on the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts’ recording of Simon Boccanegra in the title role.

Mr. Hawkins was a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the Luciano Pavarotti International Vocal Competition, and was awarded the Washington National Opera’s “Artist of the Year” award.

 

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